Samuel M. Cohen, MD, PhD

Title: Physician, Pathologist, Researcher
Location:  Omaha, Nebraska, United States

Samuel M. Cohen, MD, PhD, Physician, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Health Care Professionals for dedication, achievements, and leadership in pathology and research.

Dr. Cohen is an award-winning physician who demonstrates medical expertise developed over the course of his 45-year career. Today, he finds success splitting his time across several roles. He is a professor for the Fred and Pamela Buffet Cancer Center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, adjunct professor for the program on toxicology pathology at Sao Paulo State University Medical School, staff pathologist for the Nebraska Orthopedic Hospital, and professor of the department of pathology and microbiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Cohen is boarded certified by the American Board of Pathology in the specialty areas of anatomic and clinical pathology. In addition, he is a diplomate of the American Board of Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, the Academy of Toxicological Sciences and the International Academy of Toxicologic Pathology.

The highlight of Dr. Cohen’s career was the development of a computerized mathematical model of carcinogenesis. It was developed by Bob Greenfield, Leon Elwin, and Dr. Cohen. During this project, the team was able to explain the transition of normal cells to cancerous ones by focusing on interactions of DNA and increased cell proliferation. Considered an expert in his field from this experience and his many other contributions to his field, Dr. Cohen has been afforded multiple opportunities to lead impactful projects within his industry. Notably, he has been the chairman for the study section of the National Institutes of Health, member of the Board of Science Counselors for the National Toxicological Program, vice chairman and member of the board of trustees for the International Life Sciences Institute, and member of the U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board. Dr. Cohen has also given back to his professional community by contributing artless to professional journals including the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Environment and Molecular Mutagenesis,” the “International Journal of Experimental Pathology,” the “Journal of Investigational Biochemistry,” the “Journal of the American Medical Association,” and “Toxicology In-Vitro.”

Dr. Cohen entered his profession because of the great example his father set for him. A small-town family doctor, he instilled in Dr. Cohen the importance of caring for others, being hardworking and demonstrating integrity above all else. The more that Dr. Cohen explored the field of medicine, the more he fell in love with all areas of practice: clinical, academic and research. To prepare for his career, he attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in medical science with honors in 1967, an MD in 1972 and a PhD in experimental oncology in 1972. He has remained abreast of industry updates through his memberships with prominent organizations including the Academy of Toxicological Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the International Academy of Toxicologic Pathology, the Society of Toxicologic Pathology, the Nebraska Association of Pathologists, the American Association for Cancer Research, the International Life Sciences Institute, the Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health, the International Society of Urologic Pathology, the American Society of Clinical Pathology, the Omaha Medical Society, and the Nebraska Medical Association.

As he looks ahead to the future, Dr. Cohen intends to continue in his academic work while seeking new opportunities to give back and positively impact his professional community.

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